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  • A 2-year-old girl was shot and killed when gunfire erupted early Tuesday at a Tennessee apartment complex, police say. >> Watch the news report here Detectives said the girl's father, Mikal Grogan, 23, of Memphis, placed his daughter in danger by exposing her to gambling, illegal drug sales and violence. He is being charged with aggravated child neglect and endangerment. According to Memphis police, Grogan admitted to selling marijuana out of his apartment and was playing dice and gambling the night of the deadly shooting.  >> On Fox13Memphis.com: Photos of the crime scene Grogan told police that he heard someone knocking at his door. When he asked who it was, the person opened fire, he reportedly said. According to the affidavit, Grogan said another man named “J,' who was inside the apartment, began to fire his pistol and rifle, as well.  Grogan said another man also had about 2 pounds of “high-grade marijuana” in the apartment.  The child suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. Read the previous story below: Original report: A 2-year-old is dead after being shot in the head early Tuesday in Memphis' Hickory Hill neighborhood, police say. The shooting happened shortly before 2 a.m. after a hail of gunfire at the Enclave Apartments. Now, WHBQ has confirmed the apartment complex does not have security camera on its property.  But Memphis police are releasing few details about the case. Witnesses said they heard more than a dozen shots fired at the Enclave apartment homes off Hickory Hill on Tuesday morning. >> Read more trending news  “I thought it was inside my apartment,” said Yuri Silva, a neighbor in the apartment complex. The toddler was killed after a bullet hit her in the head. “I was hearing a lady down here saying, ‘Oh, my God! My baby, my baby.’” Police said it is unclear where exactly the shooting happened, but it left more than 12 bullet holes in the walls and shattered glass from a porch door. Police said the shooter is still on the run. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers. 
  • The number of Indian Country crimes that the U.S. Justice Department decided to prosecute has not shown significant change in recent years, despite programs and attempts to boost both public safety and prosecutions of sexual assaults and other crimes on reservations, according to federal figures Wednesday. In an annual report obtained by The Associated Press, statistics showed U.S. attorneys' offices declined to prosecute 37 percent of the Indian Country cases they deemed resolved in 2017, usually citing insufficient evidence. The percentage of cases dropped by prosecutors or sent to other courts was up three points from 2016. The annual report on prosecution rates marks the first since a government watchdog report from the Office of Inspector General last year issued a critical analysis of the U.S. attorneys' uneven track record with Indian Country cases. It cited data that must be collected under a 2010 law for the annual reports on investigations and prosecutions. The report also comes amid heightened concerns in Congress and tribal communities over crimes against Native American women , who are disproportionately victimized by sexual assault and domestic assault. More than half of Native American women have encountered sexual and domestic violence at some point during their lives, according to a National Institute of Justice survey published in 2016. 'This report only confirms that Native victims continue to fall through the cracks of our justice system,' U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, said in an email to The Associated Press. 'We badly need to commit greater resources to combatting violence in Indian Country and ensuring that those who victimize Native women and families are brought to justice.' In the Justice Department's most recent report, a quarter of the cases U.S. attorney declined to prosecute — or more than 630 — stemmed from reported sexual assaults. A third resulted from other reported assaults, a category that includes domestic violence cases. Udall, who is the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, said limited data collection and lack of clear protocols for authorities' handling of cases have, in part, hampered investigations, prosecutions and strategic crime-fighting in Native American communities. Trent Shores, who is Choctaw and the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, echoed Udall's calls for more funding, saying resources were needed across the board to support more investigators, tribal courts and forensic work in crime laboratories — which would help with prosecutions. More than 70 percent of unprosecuted cases were dropped because of a lack of evidence. While frustrated with the persistent statistics showing Native Americans victimized at alarming rates, Shores said he also believed the report shows some promising findings. He said that some of the cases categorized as being declined by federal prosecutors received the designation because they were sent to tribal courts — which actually represents recognition of tribes' sovereignty and ability to handle cases at a local level. About 13 percent of the declined cases were referred to different jurisdictions, according to the report's data. 'I am seeing continued improvement in the department's ability to better capture the data — to prosecute crimes,' he added. Shores, who was appointed to his post last year by President Donald Trump, chairs a Justice Department committee on Native American issues and contributed to the prosecutions report. He said he and others are committed to carrying out a range of initiatives meant to improve policing and prosecutions in tribal communities. They include an Obama-era program that has been expanded under the Trump administration and calls for numerous U.S. Attorneys to staff their offices with special prosecutors who must focus on Indian Country cases. The prosecutors also can handle cases in both tribal and federal courts. 'It certainly is not for a lack of effort, for a lack of want or will,' Shores said of the stagnant crime and prosecution statistics.
  • Utah's Mia Love was tabbed as a rising star in the GOP when she became the first black Republican woman in Congress with her 2014 victory. But on Tuesday she became the latest Republican incumbent to fall in the midterm election's Democratic wave that has seen more than three dozen Republican-held seats flipped across the country. Ben McAdams, a Democratic mayor of Salt Lake County, defeated Love by fewer than 700 votes in a back and forth race that took two weeks to sort out in deep-red Utah. Love had a built-in advantage with Republican voters outnumbering Democrats three-to-one in the mostly suburban Salt Lake City district, but she never seemed to catch on with voters the way other Republican incumbents have in the state, said Damon Cann, a political science professor at Utah State University. She tried to distance herself from Trump on trade and immigration and she highlighted the times she stood up to the president, like when Trump used an expletive to describe her parents' home country of Haiti. Trump won Utah in 2016 but the state's voters have long been uncomfortable with Trump's brash style and his comments about women and immigrants. 'She seemed to struggle a little bit more how to strike that balance without losing too many votes,' Cann said. Trump didn't appreciate her approach, calling her out by name in a news conference the morning after Election Day, where he also bashed other Republicans who he said lost because they didn't fully embrace him. Love, the first and only black female Republican in Congress, was seeking a third term. She said in a statement she planned to call McAdams, but didn't say if she would concede or congratulate him. She said she's traveling with family for Thanksgiving and won't speak about the race until Monday. 'Regardless of how you voted, I want to express my sincere appreciation to you for engaging in the process,' Love said. 'It is one of many reasons this is the greatest country on earth.' McAdams touted himself as a moderate, and not a typical Democrat, in a pitch that seemed to resonate in the district where nearly four in 10 voters are independents. He also benefited from record voter turnout that was driven in part by a medical marijuana ballot proposal that spurred progressive voters to the polls, Cann said. McAdams was an excellent candidate and also probably benefited from displeasure with Trump and the Republican party, Cann said. 'The winds were all at McAdams' back,' Cann said. McAdams will become the first Democratic member of Utah's congressional district since 2014 when longtime Rep. Jim Matheson retired. 'This race was about connecting with Utah,' McAdams said. 'This race was about who was best positioned to serve Utah and working to not get it caught up in a national, partisan election.' Love finished about 20 votes short of being able to request a recount in a race where about 269,000 votes were cast. This is the second time she has lost a bid for Congress by a razor thin margin. In her first run in 2012, Love lost to incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson by 768 votes. She went on to defeat Democrat Doug Owens in 2014 and again in 2016. For McAdams, it's a victory that validates his reputation as an emerging political force in Utah. He is an attorney who graduated from Columbia Law School and practiced in New York before returning to his home state of Utah. He has been a political figure in the state for a decade. He was elected as one of the few Democrats in the GOP-dominated state Legislature in 2008 and successfully ran for the Salt Lake County mayor's seat four years later. He became known for working with the state's Republican leaders on issues such as homelessness, where he backed a narrow Medicaid expansion to cover treatment and once went undercover as a homeless person when the issue reached crisis mode downtown. McAdams said during the campaign he would not support California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker and insisting he'd be able to work with the president. He has already signed a letter along with 15 other Democrats vowing to oppose Pelosi. He sharply criticized Love's support for the GOP-backed tax overhaul and said she had not been available enough to her constituents at town halls. Love pushed back hard, saying the tax overhaul has been good for people in Utah and defending her approach of meeting with voters in smaller groups, on the phone or online. Voter turnout among registered voters was the highest for any midterm election in Utah since 1962 at about 74 percent, according to Justin Lee, the state elections director. ___ Associated Press writer Lindsay Whitehurst contributed to this report.
  • Rain in the forecast starting Wednesday could aid crews fighting California's deadly wildfires while raising the risk of flash floods and complicating efforts to recover remains of those killed. Residents in communities charred by the Los Angeles-area fire stacked sandbags as they prepared for possible downpours that threatened to unleash runoff from hillsides left barren by flames. In Northern California, teams continued sifting through ash and debris as they searched for bodies in and around the decimated town of Paradise. 'The task is arduous,' said Rick Crawford with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. 'And the possibility exists that some people may never be found.' With the death toll at 81 in the state's most destructive wildfire, there are still nearly 870 people still unaccounted for. Authorities trying to identify the scores of people killed are using rapid DNA testing that produces results in just two hours. The system can analyze DNA from bone fragments or other remains, then match it to genetic material provided by relatives of the missing. But the technology depends on people coming forward to give a DNA sample via a cheek swab, and so far, there are not nearly as many volunteers as authorities had hoped for. As of Tuesday, nearly two weeks after the inferno, only about 60 people had provided samples to pop-up labs, said Annette Mattern, a spokeswoman for ANDE, the Longmont, Colorado, company that is donating the technology. 'We need hundreds,' Mattern said. 'We need a big enough sample for us to make a positive ID on these and to also give a better idea of how many losses there actually are.' The burned area surrounding Paradise, which is about 140 miles (225.3 kilometers) northwest of San Francisco, will see rain starting Wednesday. The precipitation could help knock out the flames, but it could also hinder the search by washing away fragmentary remains and turning ash into a thick paste. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Paradise and nearby communities and for those areas charred by wildfires earlier this year in Lake, Shasta, Trinity and Mendocino counties. The Camp Fire, which has burned an area about the size of the city of Chicago — nearly 238 square miles (616 square kilometers) — and destroyed around 13,000 homes, was 75 percent contained on Tuesday. In Southern California, people who worried days earlier that their homes might be consumed by flames were now taking action to guard against possible debris flows caused by the Pacific storm set to come ashore the day before Thanksgiving. Residents filling sandbags at Malibu's famous Zuma Beach were mindful of the disaster that struck less than a year ago when a downpour on a fresh burn scar up the coast sent home-smashing debris flows through Montecito, killing 21 people and leaving two missing. The 151-square-mile (391-square-kilometer) Woolsey Fire was almost entirely contained, with 1,500 buildings destroyed and 341 damaged. The major remaining closed area was centered in the rugged Santa Monica Mountains that rise high above the Malibu coast. ___ Associated Press journalists Christopher Weber and John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
  • A 23-year-old Leesburg, Florida, woman who said she had been taking molly and meth for three days seriously injured her infant son early Monday while running from deputies near the Silver Springs neighborhood, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said. >> Watch the news report here Deputies said they were called after witnesses said they saw a woman darting through traffic while holding a baby near County Road 315 and State Road 40. Witnesses said they suspected she was on drugs because she was barking at passing cars, investigators said. >> On WFTV.com: Deputies: Florida man steals almost $50K for new smile, puppy Deputies said they spotted Kayla Morgan walking with the infant on State Road 40. Investigators said a deputy tried to speak with Morgan, but she ran away, narrowly missing vehicles. Morgan walked across the road in a zig-zag pattern while carrying the child 'as if she (were) carrying a jacket draped over her right arm, allowing the victim to flail,' an arrest report said. She hid behind vehicles, sprinted and 'deliberately dropped the victim head first' on the side of the road, the report said. >> Read more trending news  The deputy shocked Morgan with a Taser twice and arrested her, officials said. They said she was grunting and making other abnormal sounds. The deputy sat Morgan in her patrol car and asked her what her name is, to which she replied with an expletive. 'She advised she believed I was a monster trying to suck her blood,' the deputy wrote in the report. Investigators said the boy's skull was fractured from being thrown to the ground. >> On WFTV.com: Deputies: Serial killer confesses to Marion County murder 36 years later A worker at an apartment complex where Morgan lives told WFTV that she moved there about two months ago and that the infant is about 6 weeks old. Morgan is being held without bail at the Marion County Jail on charges of aggravated child abuse and resisting an officer without violence. The case is being investigated by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
  • A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi said during a debate with her African-American Democratic opponent Tuesday night that she apologizes to people who were offended when she complimented a supporter by saying she would attend a 'public hanging' if the supporter invited her. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's remark was caught on video that was released last week. It has brought widespread criticism both inside and outside Mississippi, a state with a history of racially motivated lynchings. 'For anyone that was offended by my comments, I certainly apologize. There was no ill will, no intent whatsoever in my statement,' Hyde-Smith said Tuesday during a televised debate with Democrat Mike Espy. The apology was a new approach for Hyde-Smith, who repeatedly refused to answer questions about the hanging comment at a news conference Nov. 12, the day after the publisher of a liberal-leaning news site posted the video on Facebook and Twitter. The clip shows Hyde-Smith praising a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: 'If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row.' Shortly after the video's release, she said in a statement that the expression was an 'exaggerated expression of regard' and said it is 'ridiculous' to read any negative connotation into it. 'There has never been anything, not one thing, in my background to ever indicate I had ill will toward anyone,' Hyde-Smith, a former state agriculture commissioner, said Tuesday night. 'I've never been hurtful to anyone. I've always tried to help everyone. I also recognize that this comment was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me, a political weapon used for nothing but personal and political gain by my opponent. That's the type of politics Mississippians are sick and tired of.' Espy responded during the debate: 'No one's twisted your comments because your comments were live, you know, it came out of your mouth. I don't know what's in your heart but I know what came out of your mouth. It went viral in the first three minutes around the world. And so it's caused our state harm. It's given our state another black eye that we don't need. It's just rejuvenated those stereotypes that we don't need anymore.' Hyde-Smith is the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress. Espy is a former congressman and U.S. agriculture secretary, is seeking to become the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction. During the debate, Hyde-Smith questioned a $750,000 lobbying contract Espy had in 2011 with the Cocoa and Coffee Board of the Ivory Coast. She noted that the country's ex-president, Laurent Gbagbo, is being tried in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, including, Hyde-Smith said, 'murder, rape and unspeakable things against young girls.' 'I don't know how many Mississippians can really relate to an income that can command a $750,000 check from one person for a lobbying job,' said Hyde-Smith, who is a cattle rancher. Espy, who is an attorney, said: 'I found out later that this guy, the president, was a really bad guy. I resigned the contract.' Federal registration papers show Espy terminated the contract two weeks before its scheduled end. Hours before Tuesday's debate, President Donald Trump defended Hyde-Smith's 'public hanging' remark, saying at the White House that she loves the people of Mississippi and the U.S. 'It was just sort of said in jest,' Trump said. 'She's a tremendous woman and it's a shame that she has to go through this.' Walmart asked Hyde-Smith to return a $2,000 campaign contribution because of the hanging remark. Walmart spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins said Tuesday that the company donated to Hyde-Smith Nov. 8, three days before the release of the video with the 'public hanging' remark. 'Sen. Hyde-Smith's recent comments clearly do not reflect the values of our company and associates,' Jenkins said in a statement. 'As a result, we are withdrawing our support and requesting a refund of all campaign donations.' Hyde-Smith's campaign did not respond to questions from The Associated Press about whether it would refund Walmart's contribution. Senate races rarely gain national attention in Mississippi, a deeply conservative state. But this matchup — the last major race of the 2018 midterms — has drawn scrutiny after Hyde-Smith's remarks. Trump is traveling to Mississippi for two Hyde-Smith rallies Monday on the eve of the election. Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Espy. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate to temporarily succeed longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, who retired in April amid health concerns. She is the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress. Hyde-Smith and Espy each received about 41 percent of the vote when four candidates were on the ballot Nov. 6. If she wins the Nov. 27 runoff, Hyde-Smith would give Republicans a 53-47 majority in the Senate. ___ Associated Press writer Zeke Miller contributed from Washington. For AP's complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics . Follow Emily Wagster Pettus on Twitter: http://twitter.com/EWagsterPettus .